Hugh Hetherington Hearing Aid Museum
Hugh Hetherington Hearing Aid Museum

The Hearing Aid Museum

Hearing Aids of all types—Ear Trumpets, Carbon Hearing Aids, Vacuum Tube Hearing Aids, Transistor Hearing Aids, Body Hearing Aids, Eyeglass Hearing Aids and much more!

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General Information: gives an overview and information of a general nature on the various classes of hearing aids.
Non-electric (Acoustic) Hearing Aids: were what was commonly referred to as acoustical aids or mechanical aids. They include various types of ear trumpets (hearing horns), London domes, conversation tubes, dentaphones, auricles and ear inserts.
Carbon Hearing Aids: 1900-1939:  were the first electrical hearing aids to appear on the market. Carbon, which can be made to amplify electrical current, was used to provide some amplification prior to the invention of vacuum tubes. Later models often came with mechanical (carbon) amplifiers to try to boost the amount of amplification.
Vacuum Tube Hearing Aids: 1921-1952:  Early vacuum tube hearing aids were generally table models or were carried in cases resembling box cameras. After the mid 1930s, body worn hearing aids became available, but because of the size of the batteries, the hearing aids and battery packs were separate. This gave these hearing aids the name "2-Piece" hearing aids. As battery manufacturers developed smaller batteries, the "1-piece" hearing aid became the norm.
Transistor Hearing Aids (Body Style): completely eliminated vacuum tubes and just used transistors. The first all transistor hearing aids appeared in 1953.
Transistor Hearing Aids (Ear Level): contains eyeglass, behind the ear (BTE), in the ear (ITE), and in the canal (ITC, CIC) hearing aids.
Cochlear Implants: contains cochlear implants of various manufacturers. The first cochlear implant came out around 1981.
Miscellaneous Items: contains a number hearing related items including hearing test equipment, ear molds, hearing aid batteries and battery testers.


The Hearing Aid Museum

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The Center for Hearing Loss Help

"where you will receive the information, support and counsel you need in order to live an exciting and fulfilling life in spite of your hearing loss"